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The Severn Valley Steam Gala or The Black Country Museum

Saturday 23 April 2022

The west Midlands is a hugely geographically diverse region. The dense urban conurbation of Birmingham and Wolverhampton is one end of the spectrum, but today we visit the other – basing ourselves in Victorian Kidderminster as we visit the Severn Valley Railway or the Black Country Living Museum.

The largest town in the Wyre Forest District, Kidderminster lies just 17 miles southwest of Birmingham. Host to a wide variety of Victorian architecture including the imposing Town Hall, there are many things to see and do in the town. Take a stroll down the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, visit the unique Museum of Carpet, or just while away the afternoon in one of many pubs, cafes and restaurants.

For those who wish to explore beyond the boundaries of Kidderminster, two old favourite off train options make their long-awaited return:

Off-train option – The Severn Valley Railway

Arguably the UK’s foremost preserved railway, the Severn Valley Railway is a standard gauge railway running regular steam-hauled trains between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, some 16 miles. Our visit coincides with the SVR’s 2022 Spring Steam Gala, so there will be even more steam than normal!

After disembarking at Kidderminster main line station we simply cross the platform to the Severn Valley Railway station. Customers then have over fours hours to take advantage of unlimited travel on the services of the Severn Valley Railway and time to look around ‘The Engine House’ visitor centre at Highley.

Off-train option – The Black Country Living Museum

The Black Country Living Museum, occupying some 26 acres of former railway land, coal pits and lime kilns, is a fascinating outdoor museum located in Dudley. In some ways it resembles the ever-popular Beamish in the north-east, but with the unmistakable flavour of industrial Britain that we now know as the Black Country.

Historic buildings have been moved and authentically rebuilt at the museum to create a tribute to local traditional skills and enterprise. Costumed characters bring the scene to life with their unique Black Country humour and colourful dialect. Electric trams and trolleybuses as well as traditional narrow boats show a history of transport in the region. It is a very atmospheric place with a great deal to see and do!

This off-train option includes the short transfer by coach from Stourbridge Junction and entry to the museum, where you will have around 4 hours to explore.

First Class Dining includes The Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner. A buffet car is available.

ClassPrice Availability
Standard Class Adult£109Good
Standard Class Junior£99Good
First Class Non-Dining£149Good
First Class Dining£239Good
First Class Dining Party of Four£936Good
Off Train Option- Black Country Museum£24
Off Train Option- Severn Valley Railway£32Good

All timings are provisional and are intended only as a guide.

StationDepart Arrive
London King's Cross07.0022.10
Potters Bar07.2521.35

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